I'll be doing a day of creative writing workshops in a referral unit next week. We'll be looking at how to create fictional characters that are engaging, larger than life and yet inspired by experience and real life at some level. Fiction that is completely unrelated to the real world
Dragons are fascinating beasts. Chinese dragons have five claws if they are royal, four claws if they have no royal blood. According to the ancient Greeks, the hero Cadmus killed a dragon and was told by Athena to sow its teeth from which sprang the Thebans fully armed. I am researching
In 2017 Everything with Words will be publishing books for children. This is a new and exciting venture which is natural development from doing creative writing workshops in schools all over the country. We feel strongly about books that surprise the reader with something interesting and new. Something fresh to
Funny how a long walk or a swim can make you feel more like writing. Seeing faces is important too. Sometimes there is nothing like taking the bus or the train for inspiration. The faces stay with you, make you think. Haunting.
I've just finished Frankenstein, a strange and haunting book. I can understand why the Gothic novel had such a hold on people. It does lure you on, even if your instinctive reaction is that it is just a touch silly...